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Today in labor history: Racists bomb Birmingham church, kill 4 children

The bombing took place two weeks after the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Trumka on 9-11: Honor the victims but help those still suffering

Now more than 30,000 responders are sick and many have died from respiratory diseases and other health problems.

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Outrage over plea bargain in burning death of lab worker

A plea-bargained small settlement in the case of a CWA worker who burned to death in an unsafe college chemical laboratory has outraged both her family and her union.

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Today in Labor History: Wildfire kills 78 firefighters

It is believed to be the largest fire in U.S. history and the deadliest until the September 11 attacks in 2001

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Today in labor history: Pullman strike leader murder sparks huge protest funeral

During the Pullman strike, Charles Leonard, a representative of Omaha Railway murdered Charles Luth, a railroad switchman and union activist.

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Mine disasters in W.Va., Turkey tied to corporate negligence

Two mineworkers were killed late Monday after being trapped in a collapse in a coal mine in Wharton, W.Va., operated by the Patriot Coal Company.

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Ukrainian rightists burn alive 39 at Odessa union building

Some 1,000 Ukrainian rightists surrounded, stormed, and burned the House of Trade Unions in Odessa last Friday, killing 39 pro-Russia demonstrators in the building.

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Bangladeshi workers seek support from U.S. students

"I saw many of my co-workers, trapped like a sandwich, one upon the other. It's true that I survived, but I saw many of my co-workers die."

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Regulatory oversight weak in aftermath of Texas City oil plant blast

But OSHA is so short-staffed, say the Steel Workers who represent the workers at Texas City that an average U.S. refinery would get a PSM inspection once every 120 years.

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The BP Texas City oil plant blast: What’s changed and what hasn’t

Nine years ago, on March 23, 2005, the British Petroleum oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, an hour south of Houston, in so many words, blew up.

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